Dean Faculty of Design
Folkwang Universität der Künste
Graduate Program – Spatial Relations
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1978 -1980 Liberal Arts and Graphic Design at University of Connecticut, USA
1980-1987 Industrial Design Diploma, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (Art Academy, equivalent to the M.A. degree)
1987-1992 Head of the Design Department at Sichert GmbH, a producer for corporate- and public furniture.
1993 – 2006 Head of her studio designmariondigel
Since 2006 Professor for Foundations and Basic Design (3D) at Folkwang University of the Arts. Freelance work as a furniture- and exhibition designer
2007 – Juli 2012 Head of the department of Industrial Design.
Juli 2012 – April 2013 acting Dean of the Faculty of Design
Since April 2013 Dean Faculty of Design
Teaching and research:
Prof. Digel teaches Design Foundations and Basic Design as a “topography” of the design media and design phenomena. Or– one could also say as a testing arrangement for the experiment in design. Students experience experimental and perception based design processes, they learn to set parameters for the practical and theoretical process in order to develop their individual design skills.
In the Graduate Program “Heterotopia” Prof. Digel represents the studio „Spatial Relations” where she investigates the relations of man, space and objects. The studio is a place for experiments in the cutting edge between arts and design and it bridges the faculty of Design to the departments of Performing Arts.
“Papermade – Wohnen mit Papier und Karton”, Mosaik Verlag 2002, – ISBN 3-576-11631-1 ID-2008, Yearbook Industrial Design, Folkwang University 2008, – ISBN 978-3-9812754-0-7 ID-2009, Yearbook Industrial Design, Folkwang University 2009, – ISBN 978-3-937787-24-4 “Dialogue of Art and Design in education”, Cumulus, Helsinki 2012